25 February 2021,   20:43
Italy’s government plunged into crisis after junior coalition partner quits

Italy’s ruling coalition collapsed on Wednesday after former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi withdrew support over the country’s economic recovery plans, writes Euronews.

Renzi announced in a press conference that his Italia Viva party was resigning from government. The small centrist party had two ministers.

It also means the ruling coalition no longer has a majority in parliament.

His announcement plunged the country, Europe’s most heavily impacted by the pandemic, into a new political crisis.

Renzi launched his Italia Viva party in September 2019 after resigning from the centre-left Democratic Party and being instrumental in the formation of Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte’s second coalition government following the departure of the populist right-wing League party.

Italia Viva has little public support - it currently polls at around three per cent. But it is a junior coalition partner thanks to its 30 lawmakers in the lower house and 18 in the upper house.